PERTH (AFP) – A stellar performance with bat and ball by all-rounder Glenn Maxwell helped Australia to a crushing victory over England in the one-day international tri-series final on Sunday.
Maxwell top-scored with 95, helping Australia recover from a poor start at the WACA ground to end on 278 for eight.
He then took four wickets and a fine catch as England crumbled in the run chase to be dismissed for just 166 in 39.1 overs.
England, who will face Australia in the World Cup opener later this month, were never in the hunt after returning paceman Mitchell Johnson (3-27) claimed three quick wickets to have them 46 for four.
He was on a hat-trick after removing Moeen Ali for 26 and then England skipper Eoin Morgan, who was bowled without offering a shot.
Maxwell (4-46) also found himself on a hat-trick after removing Jos Buttler (17) and the hapless Chris Woakes (0), who had a match to forget, with successive deliveries.
Morgan conceded his team had a “poor day”, but denied suggestions that Johnson — who destroyed England in the Ashes whitewash last winter — had reopened old wounds.
“One of the tests of defeat is how we come back from it,” he said.
“I’ve got no doubt they’ll bounce back really well.”
Maxwell praised a dominant performance by his team and was delighted to prove his worth.
“Both aspects of my game were pretty good today, finally,” he said.
“I knew I had that in me. I just hadn’t shown it yet.”